Kartimarket.com discusses and promotes design-oriented handmade and fairtrade products from developing countries, as well as topics related to fair trade and artisanal industries as a means of alleviating poverty.
Kartimarket.com started in 2007 as an online store selling handmade fair trade products that we imported from Indonesia and Ecuador.
We started the company based on my experience as a volunteer in Ecuador at a fair trade organisation that worked with artisans, and my brother Chris’ experience as an industrial designer.
We both loved design, and thought that our combined experiences would be a great way to promote the craftsmanship of products made by artisans in developing countries.
In 2017, we decided to focus our efforts on our main line of products, the pottery of Lombok, Indonesia, and changed our website over to Rinjanipottery.com.
You can read a more detailed account of how I got into fair trade and started the business here.
We subsequently thought it would be a good idea to keep the blog we started at Kartimarket.com going, which had covered some our visits to our suppliers in the developing world, thoughts on fair trade, and other related topics.
One unexpected side effect of this was that as this blog was no longer directly associated with our online store and for promoting our own website/products, we found ourselves more free to feature and showcase products offered by other shops and artisans not stocked by us.
For us, design is important as it relates to the utility and aesthetic of the products, improves marketability, enables the artisans to sell more goods, and earn more income to support their families and communities.
When we started the company in 2007 we felt the general level of design of craft products was relatively low though it has improved markedly over the last decade, which we hope to demonstrate within these pages!